Swargajyoti Gohain

PhD (Emory University, USA)

Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences


Research Interest



  • Ph.D. Anthropology. 2006-2013. Emory University, USA
    Thesis Title: Imagined Places: Politics and Narratives in a Disputed Indo-Tibetan Borderland
    Thesis Supervisor: Prof. Bruce Knauft
  • M.Phil. Sociology. 2004. Delhi School of Economics, Delhi
  • M.A. Sociology. 2002. Delhi School of Economics, Delhi
  • B.A. Sociology. 2000. Miranda House College, Delhi



  • Introduction to Sociology

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

  • Social Theories of the Late Twentieth Century

  • Cultural Mobilities and the Anthropology of Place/Space


  • 2012. "Mobilizing Language, Identifying Region: Use of Bhoti in West Arunachal Pradesh,"Contributions to Indian Sociology 46 (3): 337-363.

  • 2015. "Monks, Elections, and Foreign Travels: Democracy and the Monastic Order in West Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India" In Democratization and Cultural Politics in the Himalayas,
    ed. Vibha Arora and N. Jayaram. Delhi, India: Routledge

  • Himalaya Bound: Culture, Politics, and Imagined Geographies in India's Northeast Frontier (Book manuscript under revision)


  • Sir Ratan Tata Fellow, Sociology Division, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, India. 2 July 2014 – 15 December 2014

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University, the Netherlands.
    1 September 2013 - 30 June 2014.


  • American Anthropological Association

  • Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi


  • 2013 -2015. Sir Ratan Tata Fellowship, Sociology unit, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, India (Position held for 6 months).

  • 2013. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Grant; Institute of Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University, Germany, January – April 2013.

  • 2012. Emory Women's Club Research Award, 2012-2013, Emory University, U.S.A.

  • 2009. Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation, U.S.A.

  • 2009. Graduate Fellowship 2008-2009, Institute of Critical International Studies, Emory University, U.S.A.



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Office Phone: 0512-679-7103 (O)

Email: sgohain[AT]iitk.ac.in


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